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This research from 2007 suggests that people can demonstrate a range of motivations, attitudes and behaviours in their interactions with sports organisations. Understanding the motivation of those who volunteer and the impact of their experiences on their future involvement as a sports volunteer is important for those trying to encourage participation in volunteer roles.
This report details the findings from the Sports Volunteers’ Experiences Survey conducted on behalf of Sports and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) in 2007. In the survey, sports volunteers report many positive experiences but also identify some challenges and barriers to successful volunteering. Findings from the survey cover demographics, level of participation, level of commitment, hours of volunteering, other volunteering commitments, motivations, experiences and attitudes, and satisfaction with volunteering. This report includes recommendations on ways to improve the sports volunteer experience.